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Donna Broderick Gavac, American writer, educator. Recipient University Alaska research award, Gold Nugget award Alaske Press Women; Named Ford Foundation grantee, Danforth grantee.


Gavac, Donna Broderick was born on September 16, 1926 in Portland, Oregon, United States. Daughter of W. Morris and Lulu G. (Youngs) Heacock.


Bachelor in History, George Fox College, Newberg, Oregon, 1947. Master of Arts in History, University Michigan, 1949. Doctor of Philosophy In Educational Administration, University Portland (Oregon), 1960.


High school teacher, Oregon and Idaho assistant professor of history and education, Portland State University, 1960-1965; director planning and research, associate professor of history and education, Warner Pacific College, Portland, 1968-1970; dean, associate professor, U. Alaska Statewide System, Anchorage, 1971-1980; president, researcher, Donley Prodns., Inc., Anchorage, 1980-1985; president, writer, Western Wordcraft, Anchorage, since 1985. Commissioner, trustee N.W. Association Schools and Colls., Seattle, 1971-1978. Abstractor Clio Press, Santa Barbara, 1960-1965.


  • Other Work

    • Co-author: Teaching of Social Studies, 1963. Editor: A.C.C. Plan for the Eighties, 1980. Writer, producer weekly television series Homemakers in History, 1957.


Coordinator University Arkansas Statewide Planning Group, Fairbanks, 1971-1974. Loaned executive United Way Fund Doctor, Anchorage, 1975-1976. Governor, board Anchorage Civic Opera Association, 1978-1981.

Secretary-treasurer Community College Coalition Alaska, 1986-1988. Co-presentor workshops for Counselors and Advisers, Bad Kissingen, Germany, 1983. Member committee University Alaska-Archorage Archives and Records, 1978-1982.

Member American History Association (life), Medieval Academy American (life), Renaissance Association, National Writer's Club, Northwest Association Community and Junior Colleges (trustee, treasurer, vice president 1972-1977), National Federation Press Women, Alaska Press Women.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: music, hiking, stamp collecting.


Married Robert F. Broderick, July 27, 1951 (divorced May 1968). Children: Bill, Mike. Married Stanley Gavac, June 8, 1979.

Stepchildren: Tim, Mark, Jan LaValley.

W. Morris Heacock

Lulu G. (Youngs) Heacock

Robert F. Broderick

Stanley Gavac

Jan LaValley Gavac

Tim Gavac

Mike Gavac

Mark Gavac

Bill Gavac